Adderall Addiction and Abuse

Adderall Addiction and Abuse

Among young adults, Adderall addiction and abuse are common.

Known in younger circles as the “study drug,” Adderall boosts your attention and energy levels. These side effects make it appealing to other demographics as well.

Individuals with challenging jobs, overnight shifts, or stressful home lives may also turn to Adderall for help.

But, Adderall is typically only a temporary solution.

Over time, Adderall addiction can prove detrimental to your mental and physical health.

For long-term health and peace of mind, choose Pathfinders.

We will meet you where you are and help you get where you need to be.


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Is Adderall an Opioid?

Drug classifications can be difficult to understand and keep track of.

Many drugs exhibit characteristics and competing side effects that fit into multiple categories.

Adderall is one drug that tends to cause a lot of confusion.

Adderall is not an opioid. It is a prescription central nervous system stimulant.

Doctors prescribe Adderall to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy.

This prescription stimulant has been labeled high-risk for the potential it holds for abuse and addiction.

If you or someone you love is facing an Adderall addiction, Pathfinders Recovery Center can help.

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How Addictive is Adderall?

One of the biggest challenges with prescription drugs is that people tend to believe that they cannot be bad for you.

If it came from a doctor, the resounding belief is that it is not dangerous.

This false belief has contributed to rising rates of prescription stimulant misuse in the United States.

The rates of Adderall misuse, in particular, are typically higher on college campuses.

What Adderall abusers may not realize is that there is no evidence that Adderall helps improve test scores.

Despite being used to increase energy, focus, and productivity, many students in clinical studies on Adderall use scored lower grade point averages than students who were not under the influence of Adderall.

The high risk is simply not worth the small chance of reward.

Illicit vs. Prescription Adderall Addiction and Abuse

The high rates of Adderall misuse suggest that most students are not getting it from their doctor.

Most Adderall use is illicit.

In studies of the nonmedical use of Adderall and similar prescription stimulants, approximately 60% of the teens and young adults in the survey answered that they got the drugs from a friend or relative, not a doctor.

The answers involved being gifted the Adderall or purchasing it.

Prescription stimulants like this one are shared at alarming rates.

In monitored medical settings, Adderall can help attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder patients regulate their attention and brain functions.

The problem is that monitored medical use is far less common than using Adderall to stay alert at work, concentrate on homework, or cram for tests.

Moving further into adulthood, many of these same Adderall misusers will end up abusing Adderall to stay awake through night shifts, focus during stressful or high-pressure days at work, or maintain energy through long work shifts.

Common Side Effects of Adderall Addiction and Abuse

Short-term side effects of Adderall use may include an increase in focus and energy, but the long-term side effects of Adderall addiction are more troubling.

These side effects may include:

  • Increased body temperature
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Increased heart attack risk
  • Potential heart failure
  • Seizures developing from nerve problems

Overdoses are always a possibility when prescription stimulants are abused.

An Adderall overdose might include milder symptoms like restlessness or tremors, but they are often more dangerous.

As far as psychological symptoms go, an Adderall overdose may lead to confusion, aggression, panic, or hallucinations.

Physical symptoms may include overactive reflexes, rapid breathing, abnormal fevers, muscle pains, weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal cramps.

An overdose might lead to circulation failure, convulsions, coma, or a fatal poisoning in more severe cases.

Risk Factors for Adderall Overdoses

When you mix Adderall with alcohol or other drugs, the risk of an overdose is increased. This is a common (and very dangerous) practice on college campuses.

There is no reason to wait until Adderall addiction impacts your physical or mental health, relationships, or schooling to get the help you need and deserve.

Help is available right now, right here at Pathfinders.

The sooner you get through your drug rehab program, the sooner you can get back to your life with newfound strength, confidence, and freedom from your addiction.

Why wait another day to see what Pathfinders can change for you?


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Treatment Settings for Adderall Addiction and Abuse

When you started college, you probably did not do so with the intent to develop an Adderall addiction.

However, this exciting, transitionary time tends to come with a fair amount of pressure, increased workloads, countless campus activities to participate in, and a potential part-time job to contend with too.

It is easy to become overwhelmed when your whole life changes.

If you do develop an Adderall addiction, it is best to face it head-on.

Take the time you need to recover now rather than waiting for it to get worse.

Seeking professional help is the fastest and easiest way to get your life back on track.

Over time, addictions often get worse and more challenging to handle.

Contact us today to discuss your options.

Depending on your addiction, needs, and schedule, we may recommend one of the following:

These programs use research-based and proven therapeutic and holistic methods to address your addiction from detox to aftercare.

We will help you understand and address your unique addiction needs, mental health concerns, and potential complications.

Our programs are customized and well-rounded for the best care possible.

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Mental Illness and Adderall

Adderall addiction is linked to several common mental health disorders.

Over time, this stimulant causes changes to occur within your brain. It can alter your behaviors, thoughts, and overall mental health status.

Depression is common among Adderall addicts. With prolonged Adderall addiction, suicidal thoughts and tendencies are possible.

When a mental health disorder co-exists with an addiction, this is called a dual diagnosis.

Depression and Adderall addiction is a common dual diagnosis.

We can help you address this particular dual diagnosis, as well as many others.

Whether you started using Adderall to cope with the symptoms of your mental health disorder or your mental health disorder developed as a result of your addiction, this is not something that you are stuck living with forever.

Many patients effectively overcome their dual diagnoses and achieve full, sober, healthy, and happy lives.

This outcome simply requires asking for help and matching our effort.


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Pathfinders’ Recovery Center

Adderall addiction can be difficult to overcome alone.

But, no matter the level of addiction or complications you are facing, you do not have to face them alone.

You do not have to wonder what your life could be like if you could just overcome your addiction and move past it.

Join the countless others who have used our addiction treatment programs to change the rest of their lives.

We will provide the tools, knowledge, support, and guidance you need to make the change.

You will find the strength and confidence to take it from there.

Call us at 855-728-4363 today to get started.